Rajkummar Rao entered Bollywood with the experimental film Love, Sex Aur Dhokha directed by Dibakar Banerjee and since then, has made a special place in the hearts of the Indian audience. The actor’s versatility knows no bounds as he has starred in roles ranging from comedic, to quirky to dark roles portraying each with conviction.
His talent has been recognised in the form of a National award as well as the Dadasaheb Phalke Excellence Award awarded to him for his work. There are some performances that will remain iconic in the actor’s career for years to come. Let’s take a look at some memorable performances of the actor.
Kai Po Che was the film that catapulted the actor towards success in the industry. The actor bagged his first Filmfare nomination for his performance in the film. Portraying a stoic young man, who later dives into politics, Rajkummar Rao was phenomenal in the film.
Rajkummar Rao’s role in Bareilly Ki Barfi was lauded by Indian audiences. Even though he was the second lead in the film, his performance is said to be most memorable. The seamless switch between an innocent saree salesman and a rowdy man gave the audience a glimpse into the incredible talent of the actor.
Omerta unveiled the dark side of the actor. In the biopic, Rajkummar Rao played the role of the British terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, the prime perpetrator in the assassination of journalist Daniel Pearl. The role was unsettling and was essayed by the actor to perfection.
Rajkummar Rao starred in the horror-comedy Stree and proved that he can do slapstick comedy better than anyone. The actor played a goofy, innocent character who falls for the wrong girl. He is also the only one in the film who does not believe in the ghost and is in for a shocking awakening.
Trapped does not feature a picturesque location but rather the dingy, dark apartment of a survivor and Rajkummar Rao’s acting was enough to keep people glued to the screen. Trapped portrays the story of a man who is locked in his high-rise apartment with limited resources. The actor lost a lot of weight for this role and remained on a carrot and coffee diet, throughout the course of filming.
Although the film received a lot of criticism in mainstream media, Rajkummar Rao’s role in the film of a dark, manipulative suspect complimented Kangana’s character in the film. The mystery of the character was portrayed well by the actor with a poker face and stoic demeanour.
Newton was the biggest breakthrough in Rajkummar Rao’s career and was that year’s Indian entry to the Oscars. The film is a dark comedy based on a small town and how voting is not as commonplace as you would think. The actor’s role as an unsuspecting official who just wants to finish the task at hand was portrayed well.